Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington
Gate 3, Kelburn Parade
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Reading Environments | Shelter: Forest Floor

Reading group

12.00pm 21 March 2024

In this final session we will read from Hana Pera Aoake’s A bathful of kawakawa and hot water alongside excerpts from Katherine McKittrick’s Dear Science and Other Stories. This session will be introduced by Nikki Hessell, and include works by Taarn Scott & Hana Pera Aoake, Bridget Reweti, Richard Niania & Joyce Campbell.

“Dear Science, When I last wrote, I told you about how I am trying to work out — without descriptively writing out — the intellectual-physiological effort that emerges alongside black rebellion. You didn’t write back.” — Katherine McKittrick, Dear Science and Other Stories, Duke University Press, 2021 (pp.35-57; 186-187). 

Hana PeraAoake, A bathful of kawakawa and hot water, Compound Press, 2020 (54-67).

Reading Environments is a reading group open to all, for reading, listening and thinking together. Hosted by Su Ballard (Art History), Bonnie Etherington, and Adam Grener (English Literatures and Creative Communication), Reading Environments brings together academics, students and interested members of the public to delve into and discuss current work in the Environmental Humanities that helps us navigate the changing environmental contexts of the planet.

On the occasion of Folded Memory a special series of Reading Environments | Shelter runs across five Thursday lunchtimes pairing art works from the exhibition with selected readings.


Excerpts are available for those attending the reading group by emailing.

Meet in Lower Chartwell gallery.

Photogram of kowhai on found rock

Bridget Reweti (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi), Kōwhai 2, 2022, photogram on sea wall stone, courtesy of the artist.